/ URBANISM / DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT /
AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD / GLASGOW OFFICE
INTRODUCTION / BACKGROUND INFORMATION
This design statement sets out a Development Framework to redefine a former industrial site as a contemporary place for business and industry, making a positive contribution to the local economy. The Development Framework illustrates a vision that applies pragmatic and well established place-making design principles to redefi ne a site capable of helping to transform the communities south and east of Wishaw. Although allocated as Greenbelt in the adopted and emerging Local Plan, the site has brownfield characteristics having previously been used as a coal washery site and opencast coal site. Business and industry uses are proposed, which will create employment opportunities for local residents and contribute to wider regeneration initiatives within the area. The site is in sustainable location, in close proximity to Wishaw, Newmains, Waterloo and Morningside. The site has existing footpath and cycle path provision, which can be extended to connect with the surrounding settlements, the Auchter Water and the Greenhead Miss Community Nature Park.
The site, known as the Former Royal George Coal Washery, occupies an area of approximately 19.8Ha (49 Acres) is located to the south of Newmains, which itself lies to the east of Wishaw, Lanarkshire.
SITE DESCRIPTION / HISTORY
The site lies to the east of the A71, immediately to the south of Newmains. See the below Location Plans The site falls within the Greenbelt; although, the site is derelict and eff ectively brownfi eld in character. This Supporting Landscape Statement is based on the original document but has been updated to reflect significant changes in circumstances. A large pit in the centre of the site marks the location of the former quarry, a number of surrounding bings extend above an otherwise relatively level site. Immediately to the north of the site, the “Hot Water Pond” and its surrounding vegetation has been granted the conservation designation “Site of Importance for Nature Conservation” (SINC). On the opposite side of the A71, there is the Greenhead Moss Community Nature Park, which extends to over 110 hectares; a large proportion of which is also a protected SINC.